And now, we are witness to the unfolding of his first gambit.
Be specific on "first gambit".
There is truth and fiction. There is no such thing as "not completely true".
The first round of a 4 round competition hasn't been completed. After 3 rounds, the moving picture will start to reveal the character of the competition. Last season ended with management pulling an early plug and sweeping two embarrassing mistakes under the rug. This season, while the accounts payable declined in the aggregate, the payroll continues to be massive, due to contracts to S. Drew and Shane. S. Drew continues to be what he's been for years, a weak defensive SS with a weak bat in a home venue that should enhance the plate slash numbers for a veteran playe rin his early 30's. While S. Drew's OBP and OPS numbers have to go up, they almost can't go down, he was paid premium market to slug at an elite for a MLB SS plate work level, not to defend.
Shane's on the early shelf, which is why he was a cast off from his last two job hops.
I'm glad the Red Sox finally got it right on the one year 5M base deal on damaged goods, Napoli.
S. Drew was a pointless move of incompetence, despite claims of excuses about not know if someone would be ready. S. Drew's not ready, by that measure, from his last years. Ciriaco and Iglesias were patently ready to provide top value for the SS slot, unless you are a management that despeartely seeks slugging from the SS slot.
This team has moved through the unbalanced early part of the season and has produced a lot of euphoria and early calls on the season long and beyond winning percentage trajectory. Only when the competition goes deeper into the schedule will it beome clear where this team's stature is in relation to the better teams in the competition. Houston doesn't overshadow KC and Baltimore.
This marathon has teams with veterans, like the Yankees, who are nothing resembling what they will be like in the last half.
This Red Sox team has the same issue it's had for many years. It reamins to be seen if Ortiz can be produce over a full season of workload. Napoli most certainly can't be more than a producer at a 75% workload of a full season (About 110 to 120 games).
Unless Middlebrooks, still getting experience and adjusting to his first attempt to produce over a full 140 plus game workload, is slugging at a high level, this team would then have a weakness that will be exposed over a full season.
I know, for a fact, that management, for the league and home venue, doesn't appropriately weight the impact that total team defense and middle of the order slugging. It fails to understand the impact that defense has on the starting pitching performance (see approach to contracts and playing time allocation at SS and catcher).
At this point, evaluating management's performance is a meaningless act which will be eclipsed by the evaluation that will take place at the end of 162 regular season games played, and any playoff games played.
Agreed, fully. Hence, my wording: witnessing the unfolding. This is a story in the telling, no happy ending in April. My only suggestion was that, gleaning what we can from this interesting opening chapter of 2013, the ending might just be different than the one yourself and others have been most emphatically insisting upon.